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The Cabinet Office and three ministries said Friday they will jointly send a letter to 384 business organizations asking them to work harder to create jobs for young people.

The three ministries in question are the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The letter will be sent to groups such as the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

It will call attention to the detrimental effect the high unemployment rate among young people, currently standing around 10 percent, may have on Japan, officials said.

The letter will also note that the high rate not only deprives young people of opportunities to acquire job skills, but will also lower Japan’s industrial competitiveness and weaken the nation’s foundations for long-term economic and social development, they said.

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